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1.Things to be known when buying a car seat
Before buying a used car seat, you should these things first
1. Hasn’t been recalled
2. It should not be expired
3. It shouldn’t be more than 5 years old.
4. There should be no damage in the parts.
5. All the parts should be available
6. It should contain details like date of manufacturing, model number etc.
7. You shouldn’t buy seats from a car crash.
8. If you don’t know these details, then don’t buy a car seat.
2. Locating the seats in a wrong spot
In order to protect our child from airbags while car crash, we should place our child at the back seat. It is the safe place for the child. In case any accident occurs, the airbags gets active which causes a severe injury or damage to the head. It leads to blood loss, brain damage etc.
Whenever we travel in a truck having one row of seats, the better way to keep the child safe is to remove airbags from the front.
In your car if you have only one seat in the back, then place it in the center. If it is near the door then there will be more damage or injury during the crash. So, it is safe to place the seats at the center. injury during a crash.
3.Setting up the car seat in wrong manner
At first you have to read the owner manual before placing the car seat at the correct position and also you have to go through the manufacturer’s instructions before positioning them.
Height and weight of the child is considered first then thinking about what type of material it is made of and checking the quality of the fabric etc.
4. Changeover to a safety belt at an earlier stage
This means that the transition to an adult seat can be changed over when a child reaches an age of 8. It is also necessary for all the toddlers to sit in the back seat until they reach the maximum height and weight. There are some rules and regulations to be followed when a child is sitting in the rear seat with a belt on. A child must be comfortable enough so that he/she doesn’t feel any suffocation while wearing the seat belt.
The shoulder part of the seat belt must be resting on a child’s shoulder and chest. And moreover, it is advisable for the child to sit in the corner of the rear seat so that the seat belt is on completely because there are few cars with seat belts in the middle. In some cars there are child locks available on the rear doors. One must also make sure that the hip belt for the child lies low across hips and pelvis. The point to be noted is that the children below the age of 13 should ride in the back seat for safer purposes
5. Moving to a booster seat too quick
There are different kinds of booster seats according to the age group. They may be classified into a high back booster seat and backless booster seat. High back booster seats are for the children who are at the age between 4 and 7. They provide side protection padding, adjustable headrest and harness. This comes with an adjustable harness accordingly one can adjust the harness according to the level of the child’s shoulders and there are also straps with a push button latch system to keep your child safe without any movement even on high bumpy roads.
Backless booster seats are for kids who are between the age of 8 and 12 years. These are usually a lightweight seat that gives protection by means of the car’s seat belt across the shoulder and lap. One can change over to a booster seat when a child has reached the maximum weight of around 18- 36kgs.
6.Using a booster seat in a wrong manner
Booster seats must be used not a lap belt. Ensure that the low belt that is the lap belt should lie around the hips of your child and in center of your child’s chest and shoulder should be crossed using the shoulder belt.
This prevents the crash injury and keeps them firm and in a safe position so that it does not damage your child.
7. Not removing your child's heavy outerwear
Big or layered outfits and huge blankets are most likely to prevent harness straps from hurting or pressing against the body and securing your child.In order to keep your child warm the harness should be buckled up and place a blanket or coat above the harness.
The Ride Safer vest is also safe, it weighs light and easy portability which can be easily stored in backpack.
8. Changing the carseat too soon:
Just so you can see your baby in your rear view mirror don’t urge to position your child in the car seat in the forward-facing position. Rear-facing carseats is only introduced to children who attain increased growth and is only designed by the car manufacturer.
When a child is in the rear facing their neck, head and whole back are kept supported by the seat at the moment of accident. When changed to forward facing, the children are being reserved by the harness strap and they lose the head and neck support. There is an increased risk of neck and spinal injury when the heavy head is thrown front in a crash.
When to choose a forward-facing car seat?
When your baby exceeds the growth of convertible seat.
9. Reclining your child at the incorrect angle
In the rear-facing position, the car seat should be reclined according to the instructions given by the manufacturer so that the head of your child doesn’t fall front. Babies must travel in semi reclined so that they can keep their airways open.
Angle indicators or adjusters have included almost many seats. As your child grows, you need to adjust the angle for the right position. For more details check the manufacturer’s instructions.
We shared some knowledge about the mistakes that many people are facing right now. We hope this blog would have helped you in installing the car seats without mistakes.